Paleo Pesto Sauce


Is it possible to make pesto without cheese? The answer is YES: The trick is to use nutritional yeast flakes, which lend a bit of “umami” flavor. You can find it in most grocery stores as well as natural food stores.

This recipe can be customized to your taste: try using cashews, pistachios or pine nuts. I chose walnuts because of their high omega 3 content.This is great stirred into veggies or as a condiment over your favorite protein. You can also substitute out garlic cloves for scapes.

Paleo Pesto Sauce

Paleo Pesto Sauce


  • 1 cup raw walnuts, shelled (not roasted)
  • 3 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • Zest and juice from 1 large lemon
  • 2/3 cup olive oil (you also could use a light nut oil like walnut or macadamia)
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast


  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor or high speed blender and blend until well combined.
  2. Store in an airtight glass jar in the refrigerator.


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